Flood damage restoration service – Hawthorne

Building owners in Hawthorne suffer flood damage on a regular basis. Whether you’ve experienced a natural disaster or a localized catastrophe such as a building flood, Critical Control is standing by to respond 24/7.

The most common cause of water damage is when water seeps into a building or house via a flood, storm, or burst pipe. Sometimes the damage is evident and evident. In other instances, it’s more subtle or unreported.

Remediation of water damage is more complex than simply drying out the interior. Modern methods for water damage remediation like Critical Control, can often minimize damage that otherwise would require a complete structural replacement.

Water Damage Restoration Guidelines are in place and you can call a Professional

Many times, homeowners and builders try to fix water damage using DIY solutions that can be discovered on the internet. This is not advisable. Water damage can be managed according to the established guidelines. These guidelines demand the expertise and equipment of experts. The guidelines are set forth in the IICRC Standard Reference Guide or Professional Water Damage Restoration publication. This guideline is essential to ensure that there is a professional standardisation for situations involving water damage to houses or buildings, and the risk associated with it.

Critical Control, a restoration firm, is able to use IICRC guidelines to assess the type and extent of the damage each project has sustained.

These guidelines are important for water damage professionals. There are instances that require us to bring in the services of an Indoor Environmental Professional (IEP). An IEP is professional with the knowledge and experience to evaluate the condition of a place take samples, perform lab tests, and then help us determine the kind of water damage.

This is particularly important when the building’s inhabitants are at risk or there is concern about contamination.

Water destruction caused according to categories and classes


Water damage restoration projects are classified into categories and class based on the severity of the flooding of water.

The water that enters the building was classified based on the degree of contamination. Category 1 is water that is clean, such as the sink or tub, or a burst water supply.

Category 2 water has high levels of contaminants and can cause illness when it is consumed or in contact with. These sources can be water that is not obvious as a threat such as the effluent from washing machines or spills from toilets.

Water in the category 3 is severely contaminated meaning that it can contain pathogenic, toxic or any other harmful agent within it. This usually means contamination by sewage, toilet backflows after the trap for toilets and seawater, flooding from streams and rivers, or any other source of water that comes from the building exterior. This kind of water could include heavy metals, pesticides that are regulated, toxic materials, or substances in it.


The IICRC has also created classes that we follow in measuring the amount of water intrusion into your property. This system basically sets guidelines for the level of saturation of the home or building.

The lowest amount of water absorption and the greatest amount of water is categorized as Class 1. It is the case when water comes into contact about five percent or less building materials that absorb water. This is usually the case that the majority of the building substances affected by water have low evaporation. This means they do not absorb or hold water. Concrete and masonry, as well as plaster and wood that has been finished/coated are some of the examples.

Class 2 refers to water absorption and intrusion. It means that anywhere between 5 and 40% of the combined ceiling, floor and wall is constructed of low-evaporation materials like wood, concrete, or masonry.

Class 3 means that about 40% or more of the floor, wall, and ceiling materials are porous such as fiberboard, insulation, carpet and so on. Other materials, such as concrete and plaster that do not absorb water have not been affected in any way.

Water has been absorbed into substances like concrete, plaster, and wood that are classified as Class 4. This is why special drying methods are required and longer drying time.

How to Dry a Water Damaged Home or Building Works


Physical extraction, dehumidification, and evaporation are the three main ways to get rid of water from a building. Eliminating water from liquids is, at a minimum, 500 times more effective than air movers. The faster the structure can dry, the more efficient. Both extraction and dehumidification methods will be affected by how much material is being removed.

Water damage professionals utilize a variety of extraction methods. We have wands, subsurface extraction tools as well as self-propelled tools and vacuum squeezers.

Forced Evaporation

The remainder of the moisture gets then dried by high-speed airmovers after the maximum amount of water is taken away.

When an object is moistened or submerged in water it absorbs a portion of the moisture or water. As a result, the material becomes dampened or wet.

Saturation is defined as the point at which it becomes impossible for air to hold any moisture. More humid means that the air is closer to saturation.

The evaporation process occurs the moment when water molecules shift from the state of liquid to a gaseous one. This is referred to as the process of evaporation.

In this way, the object no longer absorbs additional moisture from the atmosphere. This is known as the saturation point. Once the saturation point is reached drying starts.

In the process of evaporation, highly-efficient air moves dry the object on two sides. They create a strong air flow over the surface of the object which is directed by a filter system that covers the entire area of the object.

Air mover is able to move around 10 to 20 percent more air than a fan, or an ordinary fan in your home.

Air movers dry the object approximately 10 times more quickly than normal conditions, when there is no air movement.

A high-velocity airflow dries the surface of the object and draws in the moisture pulled away by the air mover.

Make use of heat to help in the drying process

Heat is an important component of any water damage restoration task. To dry out the materials which have been affected by water, we use a number of different types of heaters.

Electric Heaters: These heaters may be used to dry jobs that require multiple heating sources. This is because they are available in several different energies, which lets you run multiple heaters simultaneously.

Electric heat can also be able to be shut off or reduced when the work is in process, but without impacting other heaters. This means that you can turn one heater down while increasing the wattage of the other to increase efficiency and reduce your energy costs.

Electric heaters are very common in restoration jobs since they emit virtually zero emissions and consume very little water. They are more difficult to heat up and require more time for drying.

Hydronic Bioler (TES): These boilers are extremely efficient at quickly heating up, while still producing minimal emissions. They typically operate on natural gas or propane.

Hydronic boilers are different from electric heating as they don’t make use of forced-air heat to disperse heat. This can make it difficult to heat large areas evenly by using these heaters. They can also be utilized to dry out jobs that do not require ceilings or walls to remain in the same place.

Hydronic boilers are also often used in situations where there is no electricity to power electric heaters. Because they are extremely efficient in producing radiant heat they are able to easily keep your drying space warm even without an electrical power source.


To dry buildings and houses that have been damaged by water damage, we use low Grain Refrigerant (LGR) Dehumidifiers.

The LGR Home Dehumidifier can remove 170 pints of water from damp structures that have experienced severe water damage within 24 hours.

In addition to extracting water out of the air such as an LGR Refrigerant Dehumidifier does it, the dehumidifier for your home will also get rid of up to 99% of airborne mold spores the air, by removing condensation.

Fixing Hardwood Floor Water Damage

It is crucial to get rid of water damaged hardwood floors to ensure that repairs can be made from the subflooring up.

First, damaged subflooring needs to be removed and repaired. The hardwood floors damaged need to be sanded or replaced. When the repairs are finished and the floor is finished, it should be sanded and refinished to guarantee a uniform appearance.

Water Damage to Carpeting

If you have been unfortunate enough to have a flood in your home, it can be a stressful and expensive experience. You might need to change your flooring even if you’ve eliminated the water from the area as fast as possible.

It’s devastating to discover that your house is not in the best condition after spending many hours and dollars to fix it.

It is crucial to determine the extent of damage as soon as is possible. The first thing to do is determine if the affected part requires replacement. It is possible to wash the carpet, then use it once dry. This can alleviate any worries about mildew growth or lingering smells.

Salvaging Carpet After a Water Damage Event

If the water damage is severe, it is possible that you’ll notice stains on your carpeting. In certain instances, the only way to eliminate the stains is to replace the flooring. Another reason that might prompt you to think about replacing your carpet is the persistent and strong odor. It is necessary to replace your carpet padding and padding if this happens.

The next step to determine whether or not it is necessary to replace your carpeting is to find out whether your floor can be cleaned and dried professionally. Professionals will be able to aid you in determining the severity of the damages were. We can assess whether your carpet should be replaced or saved. Remember that certain methods employed to dry the carpet can cause further damage to the carpet even if it’s already in bad condition.

Many factors determine whether the carpet or padding is a good idea to replace it.

Are your carpets professionally cleaned, dried, and disinfected?

The carpet’s capacity to remain clean can be affected if the padding beneath it is damaged. Even though your carpet may be dry however the risk of mildew development is present if the padding beneath isn’t dried out as well.

The best way to be sure that your carpet is cleaned and disinfected following an event of flooding is to engage an expert carpet cleaning service. Once the cleaning is complete, you’ll be able make an informed decision about the condition of your carpeting. You’ll also be able to determine whether you want to replace it.

Drywall Damaged by Water

The extent of damage will determine the nature and way to repair drywall. Repairing water damage may be as simple as removing the drywall portion and then cleaning the affected area and replacing it.

The flip side of the coin is that serious damage could require a complete replacement of the wall, which includes the wall studs and fiberglass insulation.

The spores of mold can be seen in damaged drywall, which is difficult to remove. In most instances the drywall needs to be replaced. We use moisture testing tools to assess the extent of moisture. This helps us identify areas of damage and keep costs restricted to areas that need to be repaired.

Water also causes structural damage by causing the material to expand and contract. Once the wood is moistened by water, it becomes much easier to break. The wood may be brittle if left to dry in water for too long.


This issue can be prevented by building owners and homeowners immediately taking action to repair structural damage from moisture-related issues that affect their property after flooding or other water-related damage.

Foundation Water Damage

Damage to a home’s foundation can happen due to a number of reasons. While not all water concerns result in structural damage, it is crucial to address foundational issues in the quickest time possible to avoid potential structural damage.

The damage caused by water in the foundation could cause many different problems in the manner it is handled. It can lead to serious structural damage if the issue isn’t taken care of quickly.


Roof Water Damage

Damage to the roof can be caused by natural disasters similar to foundation water damage. Roof damage can cause roof leaks, and can also cause damage to the foundation of a building or home.

Roof leaks can be costly and have serious disadvantages. A leak on the roof can cause mildew and mold to grow, which can be fatal. A leaky roof can harm the roof truss system that can lead to structural damage to the roof.

If you don’t fix the leaks in your ceiling promptly, they can cause your rafters to degrade and become soft. Damage to your roof can be caused by electrical faults which could lead to an electrical fire. All of these are good reasons to have your roof water damage repaired swiftly following a flood or other damage that is unexpected.

HVAC Water Damage

If your HVAC system is failing or brand new equipment is found to be defective, it could cause structural damage to your home. Your home and business at risk in the absence of HVAC. The growth of mold can cause severe health issues.

Pipe water damage

If you have pipe damage due to water, it is likely to be from a ruptured pipe inside your home. If you’ve discovered leak, it’s important to call an expert to prevent the water from damaging the structure.

Pipes that burst can cause a lot of damage. If your pipes fail, water may enter your home, causing severe damage , and may require repairs for water damage – which can result in structural damage.

Shut off the water supply and then call an expert IICRC-certified specialist with a firm for water restoration such as Critical Control as soon as you notice broken pipes or water damage.

What’s the price to fix water damage?

Water damage restoration cost per square foot

Based on the square feet the water damage repair and cleanup costs differ. National Flood Services has the below pricing breakdown for each square foot:

Does water damage get insured by the homeowner’s insurance?

Homeowners insurance policies are usually appropriate if the damage is unexpected and accidental. The Insurance Information Institute states that homeowners insurance can cover the repair or replacement of windows that have been damaged but not for damages caused by neglect.

Neglect can be described as damage to a surface or an object that is caused by exposure, poor maintenance or general wear and tear. The Insurance Information Institute in the USA declares that homeowners insurance does NOT cover neglect-related damage.

A homeowner’s policy does not cover water damage caused by flooding. Rather, a flood policy is required. In certain areas the flood policies are demanded by mortgage lenders. Flooding can happen due to storms, flooding the ground and overflowing bodies, or overflowing or surging bodies like rivers, lakes, streams and oceans.